Sarah M. Peitzmeier, Ph.D., MSPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
3347 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-4176
Sarah Peitzmeier is not accepting new PhD students.


  • Violence
  • LGBT health
  • HIV
  • HPV/Cervical cancer

Sarah Peitzmeier is a mixed-methods researcher focusing on violence and sexual health in marginalized populations. Her dissertation work examined the effects of different types of violence – client, police, pimp, and intimate partner violence (IPV) – against sex workers in Russia on propagating HIV risk, and how multiple types of violence synergistically impact risk. This work builds on her quantitative and qualitative researched investigating the role of violence against female sex workers and men who have sex with men in the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, the Gambia, Camaroon, and Mongolia, as well as work on IPV victimization and perpetration globally. She is also conducting ongoing work around sexual health and violence in LGBT populations, including issues of sexual violence, IPV, and HPV and cervical cancer risk in transgender populations and lesbian and bisexual women.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2017
  • MSPH, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore,MD, 2012
  • BS, BA, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, 2010

Publication Highlights

  • Peitzmeier, S., Agénor, M., Bernstein, I., McDowell, M., Alizaga, N.M., Reisner, S.L., Pardee, D.J., Potter, J.E. (2017). “It can promote an existential crisis": Factors influencing Pap test acceptability and utilization among transmasculine individuals. Qualitative Health Research. In press.

  • Decker, M., Tomko, C., Wingo, E., Sawyer, A., Peitzmeier, S., Glass, N., Sherman, S. (2017). A brief, trauma-informed intervention increases safety behavior and reduces HIV risk among drug-involved women who trade sex. BMC Public Health. In press.

  • Reisner, S.L., Deutsch, M., Peitzmeier, S., White Hughto, J.M., Cavanaugh, T., Pardee, D., McLean, S., Marrow, E.J., Mimiaga, M.J., Panther, L., Gelman, M., Green, J., Potter, J. (2017). Comparing self- and provider-collected swabbing for HPV DNA testing in female-to-male transgender adult patients: A mixed-methods biobehavioral study protocol. BMC Infectious Diseases. In press.

  • Valentine, S., Peitzmeier, S., King, D., O'Cleirigh, C., Marquez, S., Presley, C., Potter, J. (2017). Disparities in exposure to intimate partner violence among transgender / gender nonconforming and sexual minority primary care patients. LGBT Health. In press.

  • Reisner, S.L., Randazzo, R.K., White Hughto, J.M., Peitzmeier, S., DuBois, Z., Pardee, D.J., Marrow, E., McLean, S., Potter, J. (2017). Sensitive health topics with underserved patient populations: Methodological considerations for online focus group discussions. Qualitative Health Research. In press.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Tomko, C., Wingo, E., Sawyer, A., Sherman, S., Glass, N., Beyrer, C., Decker, M. (2017). Acceptability of vaginal rings and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among female sex workers in a high-prevalence US city. AIDS Care. In press.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Kaagesten, A., Acharya, R., Cheng, Y., Delany-Moretlwe, S., Olumide, A., Blum, R., Sonenstein, F., Decker, M. (2016). Intimate partner violence perpetration among adolescent males in disadvantaged neighborhoods globally. Journal of Adolescent Health 59 (6): 696-702.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Gardner, I., Weinand, J., Corbet, A., Acevedo, K. (2016). Health impact of chest binding among transgender adults: a community-engaged, cross-sectional study. Culture, Health and Sexuality 19 (1), 64-75.

  • Agénor, M., Peitzmeier, S., Bernstein, I., McDowell, M., Alizaga, N., Reisner, S., Pardee, D., Potter, J. (2016). Perceptions of cervical cancer risk and screening among transmasculine individuals: patient and provider perspectives. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Epub ahead of print.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Stephenson, R., Delegchoimbol, A., Dorjgotov, M., Baral, S. (2016). Perceptions of Sexual Violence among Men who have Sex with Men and Individuals on the Trans-feminine Spectrum in Mongolia. Global Public Health. Epub ahead of print.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Khullar, K., Potter, J. (2016). Effectiveness of four outreach modalities to patients overdue for cervical cancer screening in the primary care setting: A randomized trial. Cancer Causes and Control 27 (9): 1081-1091.

  • Agénor, M., Peitzmeier, S., Gordon, A., Haneuse, S., Potter, J., Austin, B. (2015). Sexual orientation identity disparities in human papillomavirus vaccine knowledge and initiation in a national probability sample of young U.S. women. Annals of Internal Medicine 163 (2): 99{106.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Khullar, K., Reisner, S., Potter, J. (2014). Lower Pap Test Utilization among Female-to-Male Transgender Patients Compared to Non-Transgender Female Patients. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 47 (6): 808-812.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Reisner, S., Harigopal, P., Potter, J. (2014). Female-to-male transgender patients have high rates of unsatisfactory Paps compared to non-transgender females: Implications for cervical cancer screening. Journal of GeneralInternal Medicine 29 (5): 7788-4.

  • Additional publications itemized in CV. 

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